Skip to comments.Study: US mothers deserve $134,121 in salary [mothers should pay money to themselves?????]
Posted on 05/03/2006 10:24:35 AM PDT by grundle
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A full-time stay-at-home mother would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her work, an amount similar to a top U.S. ad executive, a marketing director or a judge, according to a study released on Wednesday.
A mother who works outside the home would earn an extra $85,876 annually on top of her actual wages for the work she does at home, according to the study by Waltham, Massachusetts-based compensation experts Salary.com.
To reach the projected pay figures, the survey calculated the earning power of the 10 jobs respondents said most closely comprise a mother's role -- housekeeper, day-care teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive and psychologist.
"You can't put a dollar value on it. It's worth a lot more," said Kristen Krauss, 35, as she hurriedly packed her four children, all aged under 8, into a minivan in New York while searching frantically for her keys. "Just look at me."
Employed mothers reported spending on average 44 hours a week at their outside job and 49.8 hours at their home job, while the stay-at-home mother worked 91.6 hours a week, it showed.
An estimated 5.6 million women in the United States are stay-at-home mothers with children under age 15, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data.
NOT 'JUST A MOM'
"It's good to acknowledge the job that's being done, and that it's not that these women are settling for 'just a mom,"' said Bill Coleman, senior vice president of compensation at Salary.com. "They are actually doing an awful lot."
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some 26 million women with children under age 18 work in the nation's paid labor force.
Both employed and stay-at-home mothers said the lowest-paying job of housekeeper was their most common role, with employed mothers working 7.2 hours a week as housekeeper and stay-at-home mothers working 22.1 hours in that role.
"Every husband I've ever spoken to said, 'I'm keeping my job. You keep yours.' It's a tough one," said Gillian Forrest, 39, a stay-at-home mother of 22-month-old Alex in New York. "I don't know if you could put a dollar amount on it but it would be nice to get something."
To compile its study, Salary.com surveyed about 400 mothers online over the last two months.
Salary.com offers a Web site (http://www.mom.salary.com) where mothers can calculate what they could be paid, based on how many children they have, where they live and other factors. The site will produce a printable document that looks like a paycheck, Coleman said.
"It's obviously not negotiable," he said.
On average, the mother who works outside the house earns a base pay of $62,798 for a 40-hour at-home work week and $23,078 in overtime; a stay-at-home mother earned a base pay of $45,697 and $88,424 in overtime, it said.
In a Salary.com study conducted last year, stay-at-home mothers earned $131,471. The potential earnings of mothers who work outside the home was not calculated in the previous study.
I think the parents of the child should pay the salary.
Lets just have the government pay wifes salaries.
Let's charge the children!
A hit piece for welfare queens.
And will be on every nightly news show tonight.
My wife works about 10hrs a week at home, if Im lucky.....
I think the kids should pay after they are grown. That would definitely help my retirement.
I'll do it!!!
"A full-time stay-at-home mother would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her work ...."
Prove it. Let's see some women pull down that salary doing all those tasks for someone. If I could earn that much money for doing the work described, I would change job in a heartbeat.
Next, the IRS will be wanting to tax this "income"...
Now com'on, what's the purpose of this survey? A salve for the oppressed? Geez.
What if you homeschool? I'd love to get the figure on that!
We'll see that proposed in our lifetimes.
Of course we could get illegal aliens to do it for $12,000 a year and no benefits.
And how many hours of housework do you contribute each week?
Mine quit. Does that mean she pays me?
If its Reuters its wrong.
HELLO FOLKS! THIS IS SOCIALITS COMMIE TALKING POINTS!
We just had a MAJOR socialist move on May 1 to make inroads to the USA.
This is third way BS. See Hitlary clinton and her third way to socialism supporters.
Divide and conquer because they must see an increase in women working at home.
They didn't figure his cost if he were to have to go out and pay a prostitute for sex.
Now...figuring they only have 3 children, the cost of sex ONCE A MONTH..... comes out to....